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Muehlenbeckia ephedroides - leafless pōhuehue

Buckwheat family: Polygonaceae

Muehlenbeckia ephedroides is a prostrate, mat-forming shrub with distinctive gray-green hairless stems and small linear leaves.
An endemic species found from the central North Island to eastern portions of the South Island favouring dry, free draining sites.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: prostrate, mat-forming

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diameter

Leaf form: undivided, narrow-linear


Leaf size: 5-10 mm

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 5

Leaf arrangement: singly along the stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants or bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 8

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface:  hairless

Fruit: dry